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NORML’s Legislative Round Up April 29th, 2016

Posted on30. Apr, 2016 by .


thumbs_upA legalization initiative has officially qualified the ballot this November and separate legislative measures around the country continue to advance. Keep reading below to learn the latest legislative developments.

Alabama: Members of both chambers approved legislation this week, House Bill 61, to protect qualified patients eligible for CBD therapy under a physician’s authorization from criminal prosecution. The measure, known as ‘Leni’s Law’, seeks to allow qualified patients to possess CBD preparations containing up to three percent THC. The measure passed in the Senate by a vote of 29 to 3 and in the House in a 95 to 4 vote. The measure now awaits action from Gov. Robert Bentley. #TakeAction

California: A prominent GOP Congressman has endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which seeks to regulate the adult use, production, and retail sale of cannabis. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) announced, “As a Republican who believes in individual freedom, limited government and states’ rights, I believe that it’s time for California to lead the nation and create a safe, legal system for the responsible adult use of marijuana.” He added: “I endorse the Adult Use of Marijuana Act for the November 2016 ballot. It is a necessary reform which will end the failed system of marijuana prohibition in our state, provide California law enforcement the resources it needs to redouble its focus on serious crimes while providing a policy blueprint for other states to follow.” You can learn more about the initiative here.

Florida: Another Florida municipality has given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance permitting police to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana offenders. Members of St. Petersburg’s Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee voted in favor of the policy that would create a system of fines that would begin at $ 75 for those caught holding 20 grams or less of cannabis. Two versions of the plan, one that one that would mandate police issue a citation and another that gives the officer the option to do so, will head to the full city council for a final vote in early May. Under state law, possessing any amount of marijuana is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $ 1000 fine.

Maine: Maine voters will decide on election day on a statewide ballot measure seeking to regulate the adult use, retail sale, and commercial production of cannabis. The Secretary of State determined this week that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The office had previously attempted to invalidate a significant portion of proponents’ signatures, but that effort was rejected by the courts earlier this month.

If enacted by voters in November, the measure would allow adults to legally possess up to two and one-half ounces of marijuana and to cultivate marijuana (up to six mature plants and the entire yields of said plants) for their own personal use.

North Carolina: House legislation was introduced this week to permit the limited use of medical marijuana. House Bill 983 exempts patients engaging in the physicians-recommended use of cannabis to treat a chronic or terminal illness from criminal prosecution under state law. Qualifying patients must possess a tax stamp issued by the state department of Revenue, and may possess no more than three ounces of cannabis at any one time. The proposal does not permit patients to cultivate their own cannabis, nor does it establish a state-licensed supply source. #TakeAction


lobby_day_2016Don’t forget, NORML’s 2016 National Conference and Lobby Day is being held May 23rd and 24th! We’ll hold an informational seminar where activists from around the country hear from the leaders of the movement, we’ll keep the party going at the Mansion on O St. with our annual award ceremony and finally, we’ll conclude on the Hill where attendees w
ill hear from and meet leaders in Congress who are doing their best to reform our federal marijuana laws! You can register here.

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DEA Approves Study on Treating PTSD With Marijuana

Posted on28. Apr, 2016 by .


On Thursday, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) announced in a press release that they had received approval to study the effects of marijuana on treating PTSD in veterans.q4g89gcyl385qpt0vmeo

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has formally approved the first-ever randomized controlled trial of whole plant medical marijuana (cannabis) as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans. The DEA’s approval marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked botanical marijuana into a legal prescription drug has received full approval from U.S. regulatory agencies, including the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled study will test the safety and efficacy of botanical marijuana in 76 U.S. military veterans with treatment-resistant PTSD. The study is funded by a $ 2.156 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to the California-based non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which is sponsoring the research.

The trial will gather safety and efficacy data on four potencies of smoked marijuana with varying ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). By exploring the effectiveness of a variety of marijuana strains, the study seeks to generate naturalistic data comparable to how many veterans in medical marijuana states currently use marijuana. Results will provide vital information on marijuana dosing, composition, side effects, and areas of benefit to clinicians and legislators considering marijuana as a treatment for PTSD.

Congratulations and thanks go to Dr. Sue Sisley, who has long been the foremost champion of studying the effects of marijuana on PTSD, and the rest of the staff at MAPS for working so diligently in this area.

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Connecticut Considers Expanding Medical Marijuana Program to Include Pediatric Patients

Posted on26. Apr, 2016 by .


On June 1, 2012, Connecticut enacted a medical marijuana program that allows seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana. However, the law does not allow access for minor patients, many of whom would benefit greatly from access to this safe and effective treatment.Seal_of_Connecticut.svg Of the 24 states that have effective medical marijuana programs, Connecticut is the only state that does not allow access for younger patients.

A bill currently being considered, HB 5450, would allow minors to be qualifying patients. It would also allow dispensaries to distribute marijuana to hospices and other inpatient facilities and would allow nurses to administer marijuana in licensed health care facilities.

If you are a Connecticut resident, please urge the senate to swiftly pass legislation to help Connecticut’s seriously ill children.

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AU: Medicinal Marijuana Has Been Legalised In Victoria, But How Does It Work?

Posted on25. Apr, 2016 by .


There has been talk in recent times of medicinal cannabis being legalised in Australia and some have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement.

And the Victorian government has finally passed its bill, with some people now able to manufacture and consume the drug.

Victoria is the first state in Australia to legalise medicinal cannabis, with a cultivation trial about to get underway.

But how exactly does it work and what does it mean for you?


It stems from the drug, marijuana, which is made up of cannabinoids and many believe it can be used to treat chronic illnesses or alleviate symptoms.

University of Melbourne psychiatrist Professor David Castle said it would be beneficial to people who were not getting the desired treatment from their current medication.

Recreational use of marijuana is illegal and Prof Castle said people were understandably concerned the legalisation of medicinal cannabis would lead to addictions and various side effects.

But he believed it would be manufactured and controlled in a way so this was not an issue.

“A lot of medications we use are potentially addictive and have potential side effects,” he said.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t expect this to become an important part of pharmacopoeia.”


Children with severe epilepsy will be able to access medicinal cannabis from next year.

So far the government is just focusing on this one group of patients while cultivation and manufacturing industries are set up in the state to support ongoing supply.

It could be extended to people with other serious illnesses in the future and Prof Castle said medicinal cannabis could be beneficial to people with a whole range of diseases.

“It’s helpful for people with muscular dystrophy and cancer,” he said.

“It has elements that can stimulate appetite and is good for people with anorexia and beneficial to people with HIV and AIDS.”

Prof Castle said it was believed medicinal cannabis also took away nausea that is a side effect of chemo.


In Victoria, medicinal cannabis will not be used in the same form as recreational drug use.

Prof Castle said it will not be smoked and is essentially an oil.

“We’re certainly not wanting to encourage smoking because of the dangerous health effects,” he said.

“It will be produced in a form that is not associated with dangers of cannabisism and will most likely be in a capsule.”

Medicinal Cannabis Australia says cannabinoids relieve the harsh effects of chronic illness by attaching to receptors in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells.

It works to create homeostasis, the maintenance of stable internal environment.

A normal body will have a healthy endocannabinoid system, that feeds receptors and keeps everything working.
Somebody battling a chronic illness won’t have receptors that are “well-fed” by the endocannabinoid system, hence why medicinal cannabis can alleviate symptoms.


Prof Castle said the make-up of a marijuana plant was not controlled by those who used it recreationally.

“The components of the plant are very complex and there are many chemicals in it,” he said.

“It can sometimes be powerful, depending on how it’s cultivated.”

He said marijuana could have strong effects on your psychosis when you took the drug recreationally because you had no control over the amount of chemicals.

Medicinal cannabis will be controlled and allow a person to get the correct dose.

“Recreational use also tends to associate itself with a criminal element,” Professor Castle said.

“Another massive problem with recreational use is problems go on within the drug supply chain.”

He said medicinal cannabis took away the criminality from the drug and opened up an opportunity for proper manufacture and dose control.

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